Dillie Keane – Love and other bad ideas

DILLIE KEANE – new solo show

Love And Other Bad Ideas

“A rare performer who can produce sharp, piercing satire and deliver heartbreaking songs with élan.”  Huffington Post * * * * *

After far too much bloody gardening leave (thank you Covid!), Dillie is back where she belongs – on a cabaret stage, accompanied by the marvellous Michael Roulston.  Her take on life, love and government is cheerfully sour, gently savage and peculiarly mordant – but the beautiful music softens the effect.  She freely admits she has a voice like a dying crow being crushed beneath an angry sheep, but that’s never stopped her.  In fact, she will be singing some perfectly wonderful songs by other songwriters which she recently discovered in New York.  As well as a raft of her own songs too, of course.  A delightful evening.

Dillie Keane is best known as one third of the satirical trio, Fascinating Aïda.   She has also done a fair bit of legitimate theatre:  nominated for Best Actress in the Manchester Evening News for playing Maggie in DANCING AT LUGHNASA.  In 2018, she appeared at the Watermill as Madame Armfeld in Paul Foster’s production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, since when she has performed her solo show HELLO DILLIE all over the UK, at the Adelaide Comedy festival and in New York’s prestigious 59e59 Theatre, where she received her fourth nomination for a Drama Desk Award.

Dillie is currently pondering an update of the recent Fascinating Aïda show which started out with a three week run over Christmas 2019 and New Year at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank.  It was then followed by a stonking sell-out national tour that was sadly cut short by you-know-what.  Three times nominated for an Olivier Award and three times nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award, the three of them are champing at the bit to get back on the road.

A recording of that show will soon be available on the usual channels.

“Exudes faded glamour, a bit like Brighton Sea Front.”  Daily Mail * * * * *

“The wonderful Dillie Keane wears her genius lightly.”  Onstage * * * *

“Life, love and the songwriting process are celebrated in this richly layered cabaret.”  The Stage * * * *

“Her world view is laconic, her lyrics lacerating, her voice now capable of going deeper than a Chilean miner.”  The Telegraph * * * * *

Watford Fringe 2020

WatFringe 1st to 25th October 2020

See WatFringe.co.uk for full, latest details

The Watford Fringe is still going ahead. The worsening general COVID-19 situation has meant that we had to make changes to our Fringe plans to enable it to go ahead safely. So reluctantly, at short notice, we have implemented some of our contingency plans, which does mean some major changes to the schedule. There are 12 online only shows continuing online between 1st – 4th October, and 22 shows move to dates between 9th – 25th October that will have socially distanced audiences.

All existing ticket holders will be contacted and full refunds will be given for any cancelled show. Thank you for your support.

The Watford Fringe is back from Friday 1st October 2020 with
Music | Drama | Comedy | Improv | Dance | Poetry | Musical Theatre

We have worked hard to plan a flexible set of safe festival that incorporates social distancing and other safety considerations. We have added online streaming facilities so that the events can additionally reach an audiences that cannot or are reluctant to attend live events in person. We also contingency plans to cope with any last-minute changes in government or health advice.

Quarantine Tapes

Part of bringing the creative Pump House community to you. Up and coming comic Rohan Ashar brings you a series of hilarious sketches called Quarantine Tapes.

Quarantine Tapes is a 5-part series of comedy sketches that explores what different groups of people are doing during lockdown. This first video’s theme is sports and fitness, portraying home workouts and desperate football fans.

What the episodes on YouTube here

Watford Fringe

The Watford Fringe was set up by the Pump House Theatre and Arts Trust, Watford’s hub for emerging talent,as an opportunity to show the amazing talent and venues we have in Watford.

Now in its third year across 11 venue spaces, it has something for everybody including music, comedy, drama, improv, dance, film, food and much more.

More information at WatFringe.com

Watford Fringe

Watford Fringe returns for a two day festival of the best of existing and emerging talent in Watford including music, theatre, comedy and much more across several venues

Watford Fringe

Make sure you are part of the first Watford Fringe, to say “you were there”.  This new festival is showing the best of local and emerging talent. See great music from a wide range of styles, comedy, musical theatre and art.

For more information to perform at this exciting event which will be held at the Pumphouse Theatre and Watford Museum

Check out www.watfringe.com for timetable of events and tickets

21st October 2017 2 pm -10pm

Comedy fund raiser for the Pump House

The Pump House centre has at short notice been given the opportunity to run a fundraising event in aid of the Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre.  Barry from Watford (Alex Lowe – friend of the Pump House) and Angelos Epithemiou who are both top comedians with plenty of TV and radio credits are creating a new show and will preview it for this fund raising event prior to a national tour.  This hour long show will be a rare opportunity to see these top performers. Please support this if you can.

Yellow Comedy


Established in 2015, Yellow Comedy produce Comedy Nights fusing the best up & comers from the Stand up comedy circuit with a marvellous headliner across three different venues in Watford, one in Croxley Green and one in Harrow.

Yellow Comedy is promoted by Watford’s own  Andrew Carberry  who handpicked all the performing acts from the UK stand up comedy scene in order to provide an enjoyable experience for all audience members.

All Yellow Comedy shows are aimed at over 18’s and under 18’s are not permitted.

Door Open at 7:30pm the Comedy starts at 8.00pm.


Can I bring my Own Food and Drink?  –  No, There is a fully licenced bar that will be serving drinks before and during the Intervals.

Is the show really Free?  – Yes, although there will be a bucket collection at the end of the evening.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?  – Email: enquiries@yellowcomedy.uk